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[pig-skin] /ˈpɪgˌskɪn/
the skin of a pig.
leather made from it.
Informal. a saddle.
Informal. a football.
Origin of pigskin
1850-55; pig1 + skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A scrub player broke through, grabbed the pigskin, and was off down the field like a shot.

  • The seats of good saddles are generally of pigskin, and the flaps of cow-hide.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • Other patterns in less common use are those resembling morocco leather, pigskin, and patterns in fancy designs.

  • He got the pigskin and skinned down the field like a blue streak, and—but, ahem!

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • Again the leather went into play, and once more each eleven did its level best to force the pigskin over the opponents' line.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • Ten minutes of play found the pigskin near the center of the field.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • The next moment, with considerable speed, the pigskin struck him full in the back.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • Time after time he took the pigskin and landed it for a gain.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for pigskin


the skin of the domestic pig
leather made of this skin
(US & Canadian, informal) a football
made of pigskin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pigskin

"saddle leather," 1855, from pig (n.) + skin (n.). As slang for "football" from 1894.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pigskin

pay off

verb phrase

To give someone bribe money, blackmail money, or the like: We'll have to pay them off handsomely to keep quiet (1930+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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